Locavore News — Events

New Announcements

 

Professional Organic Horticulture Course, Friday  Feb. 7-11 and Feb. 14-18, Humber College, North Campus

With the Society for Organic Urban Land care (SOUL) certification. The demand for knowledgeable organic land care professionals is skyrocketing, restrained only by limited educational capacity. This very intensive 2-week program has been designed specifically for educators and experienced landscape professionals. Organic horticulture is not a simple matter of product substitution, but requires a new understanding of how landscapes work -a new decision making process. This course is an introduction to the science and practice of organic horticulture, facilitating a profound shift in ecological awareness. Details.

 

Farm Marketing Workshop, February 15, Elmira

Learn from the experts about the secrets of an effective ad campaign, how to build your brand and the various communication tools that will help you get the word out about your farm business and products. Featuring Karl Allen Muncey of CuteGecko Creative Design & Marketing Agency and Steve Martin of Martin’s Family Fruit Farm. Cost $25 ($35 per family). Space is limited. Contact 519-513-8998 or acontini@foodlink.ca.

 

A Perfect Storm Ahead — Policy Seminar, London, England, February 17

Geographical perspectives on food, water and energy security to 2030, Royal Geographical Society, London. This day-long policy seminar, will bring together key stakeholders from government departments and agencies, practitioners, local government, NGOs, and researchers to consider what the government’s chief scientist has defined as the ‘perfect storm’ combining food, water and energy shortages. Details.

 

Food for Change, February 17, Toronto

The Stop’s acclaimed chef Chris Brown, former Executive Chef of Perigee Restaurant, presents an intimate dining experience in support of The Stop’s innovative programs that fight hunger, build hope and inspire change. One Thursday each month, Chef Brown prepares a mouthwatering five-course meal featuring local, sustainable food, and enjoyed in either the sheltered garden or greenhouse at the The Stop’s fabulous Green Barn at Christie and St. Clair. If you’re a budding chef and want to experience life in a professional kitchen, you can also join the kitchen crew and help prepare the feast. Details.

 

Introduction to Cheesemaking, February 19, Kitchener

With Bianca Azzoparde. Cost: $30. Details on Little City Farm website.

 

Introduction to Holistic Management, February 22, Lucknow

Getting Better Results by Making Better Decisions. This comprehensive six-day course (usually taken in 2 three day segments) assists farm families to create a vision of the life they want together on their farm, today and into the future. With that vision as the guide they learn planning and decision making tools that will let them control  their finances and allow them to build a life and future that reflects their values and improves their land base. Includes Holistic Management Planned Grazing. Farm families are encouraged to have all of the major decision makers attend the course. This allows them to work together and take home a well started plan. Free Preview; Tuesday Feb 22, 7:30-9 pm Lucknow Town Hall. Details from Tony or Fran McQuail, 519-528-2493 or mcqufarm@hurontel.on.ca.

 

Where Does Your Meat Come From? February 22, Kitchener

Do you buy your meat direct from a local farmer, small scale retailer or at a local market? In Ontario, regulations are forcing local meat processors out of business. Come find out how and what the government is or isn’t doing about it. Details in Waterloo Region Upcoming Events.

 

Four Season Harvest: Extending the Growing Season, March 5, Kitchener

With Greg Roberts. Cost: $10. Details on Little City Farm website.

 

Ethnographic Appetites, March 12 2011, York University, Toronto

An Interdisciplinary Graduate Student Conference and Feeding the Senses: an Exhibition of Cross-disciplinary (Art)Work. In recent years, anthropological studies increasingly explore the ways in which desire, appetite, and need influence everyday social interactions.  Such focus spurs the development of new approaches to ethnographic techniques, tools, and areas of study. At the same time, it inspires researchers to think critically about the ways in which these same concepts and sensations directly influence our own orientations in the field. The Social Anthropology Graduate Association (SAGA)’s second annual student conference aims to provide a forum for such questions. As a graduate student, activist, artist and/or other interested party. Details.

 

Starting Seedlings at Home, March 19, Kitchener

With Angie Koch of Fertile Ground CSA. Cost: $15. Details on Little City Farm website.

 

Planning your own Backyard Garden, March 22, Kitchener

Join Candace Wormsbecker, owner-operator of Transpire Organic Farm for a discussion of how to grow to start your own vegetable garden. Topics covered include such things as: what you can grow in this region, when to start what, where to source seeds, organic pest control methods, and space requirements of different plants. There will be room for discussion so bring your questions! 6:30-8:30pm, KPL Forest Heights Branch, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road.

 

Taste of Woolwich, April 18, St Jacobs

Join hundreds of others as you sample wares from local farmers, attend cooking workshops, and hear speakers tell you how you can eat local food year-round. 5-8pm, Calvary United Church.

 

Edible Forest/Orchard Polyculture Workshop, May 7, Chatsworth

Learn how to design and plant small or large Orchard Polycultures in this one-day workshop, taught in the Permaculture tradition and style. Instructor Brad Peterson assisted by Jeff Kitchen will discuss site design and soil preparation techniques, and participants will learn best plant spacing, pollination and pest management practices through seminars & hands-on experience. Consulting agronomist Ruth Knight will discuss soils. This event will be held rain or shine, so bring appropriate attire, as well as work gloves, boots, a shovel, and a potluck lunch to share. Drinks and snacks provided. Details.

 

Growing the Food Continuum, May 12, Guelph

Presented by the Waterloo-Wellington Duffering Workforce Planning Board. Get information on the future workforce and growth challenges facing the food industry. Lunch Speaker: Roger Mooking, Host of Food Network’s Everyday Exotic & Owner of Nyood Restaurant. Details.

 

Food Policy from Neighbourhood to Nation, May 19-21, Portland, Oregon

The annual conference of the (American) Community Food Security Coalition promises to be the most comprehensive gathering on local and state food policy. Details.

 

Local Food, Imported Workers, May 24, Kitchener

Over 30,000 temporary foreign workers from countries such as Mexico, Jamaica, Guatemala and Thailand come to work annually in Canadian agriculture, the majority in Ontario. Coming since 1966, they are a vital part of the industry, yet they remain largely invisible to the Canadian public who consume the food they produce. In this lecture Janet McLaughlin discusses the lives and circumstances of migrant farm workers in Canada, as well as the long-term impacts of migration for both migrant workers and Canadian communities. 6:30-8:30pm, KPL Forest Heights Branch, 251 Fischer-Hallman Road.

 

Announcements Repeated

 

Seedy Sunday Down Town Toronto, February 13

Seedy Saturday and Sundays are the days when the new gardening season begins in earnest. You can have an opportunity to learn more about gardening, hone and share your gardening skills, and buy or exchange vegetable and flower seeds. See the latest innovations in adapted gardening tools and find out how your Community Garden can provide more access to those that face many barriers. Details.

 

Renewing Rural Economies: Agricultural Development Forum, Guelph, February 18

How do communities organize effectively around economic development for agriculture? Join planning, economic development and agriculture industry colleagues on February 18th for a collaborative dialogue about how to facilitate greater economic development in Ontario’s key agricultural areas. Ontario Farmland Trust details.

 

How to Start a Community Garden, Scarborough, February 19 & 26

Learn how to start a community garden in your neighbourhood at this exciting 2-day workshop. In these comprehensive workshops we will cover the basics: from finding land, to finding gardeners, and to finding resources. Details.

 

Growing Local Conference, Winnipeg, February 24-26

With a great line-up of workshops and displays, the event is sure to be a success. Included in the program is both a Thursday pre-conference session and a special evening guest speaker: Joel Salatin (Food, Inc.). As well, you won’t want to miss the Friday evening “Culinary Tour” showcasing some of Manitoba’s best chefs and the farmers who grew the food. Details.

 

Eco Farm Day 2011, Cornwall, February 25-26

Eco Farm Day is eastern Ontario’s premier farm conference. Organic, transitional and conventional farmers of field crops, market gardens, and livestock rely on Eco Farm Day for the best training, information, and commerce opportunities. Over 350 people come back every year for the social event, the networking, the positive atmosphere, and the great food!  Eco Farm Day is hosted by Canadian Organic Growers – Ottawa Chapter. Details.

 

How to Start a Community Garden, Toronto, February 26 & March 5

Learn how to start a community garden in your neighbourhood at this exciting 2-day workshop. In these comprehensive workshops we will cover the basics: from finding land, to finding gardeners, and to finding resources. Details.

 

26th Annual Convention North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association, Baltimore, March 4 to 10

North American Farmers’ Direct Marketing Association is a trade association dedicated to nurturing the farm direct marketing industry. Its actions are driven by those whose daily lives are dedicated to this way of life. Its members support their family farms by selling millions of dollars worth of farm-grown produce directly to consumers at farm stands, farmers’ markets, pick-your-own farms, consumer-supported agriculture, agritourism venues, and other ever-growing innovations in direct producer-to-consumer agricultural marketing methods. Details.

 

The Lost Art of Canning, Erin, March 5

Learn how easy it is to preserve foods in your own kitchen, and then you too can make your own pickles, sauces or other specialty items all year long. This workshop will cover the physics, chemistry and biology of high acid canning as well as recipe selection, equipment, sourcing supplies and of course, hands on canning for everyone to take home! There will be a short discussion on other types of preserving, including freezing and drying. Everdale workshop.

 

Great Big Crunch, March 10

Join students across Canada in taking one big bite towards healthy living through healthy eating. FoodShare’s Great Big Crunch invites students and teachers to learn about healthy eating and local and global food systems while following the journey from the apple seed to the harvest, to the market and to the core. Details.

 

Greenbelts: Local Solutions for Global Challenges, Toronto, March 22 to 24, 2011

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is hosting an International Greenbelts Conference in Toronto, Canada, March 22nd – 24th, 2011. Through the sharing of diverse experience and perspectives, the Conference will spark new ideas about the possibilities that greenbelts offer, and generate new ways of tackling some of the complex challenges in near urban farming, rural vibrancy, and protecting our ecosystems and the numerous benefits they provide. Website.

 

Rural Tourism Conference 2011, BC April 19-21

Broadening our horizons: Amenities, Regional Development and Collaboration. The 2nd Annual Conference, April 19-21, 2011, Hills Health Ranch, 108 Mile House, BC. The successful development of tourism in rural areas is driven by the creative use of natural and cultural amenities. These amenities make rural areas attractive places to visit, relocate or invest. Details.

 

Growing Food and Justice Initiative Conference, Milwaukee, September 7-11

The fourth annual gathering of the Growing Food and Justice for All Initiative will focus on the relationship between earth and communities. This initiative is aimed at dismantling racism and empowering low-income and communities of color through sustainable and local agriculture. The vision for this initiative is to establish a powerful network of individuals, organizations and community based entities all working toward a food secure and just world. Details.

 

FarmStart Current Events & Workshops

 

Food Forward Calendar of Toronto Good Food Events

 

Sustain Ontario Calendar of Events

 

The Stop Community Food Centre Events Calendar

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